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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Data Science Math Skills by Duke University

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2,209 reviews

About the Course

Data science courses contain math—no avoiding that! This course is designed to teach learners the basic math you will need in order to be successful in almost any data science math course and was created for learners who have basic math skills but may not have taken algebra or pre-calculus. Data Science Math Skills introduces the core math that data science is built upon, with no extra complexity, introducing unfamiliar ideas and math symbols one-at-a-time. Learners who complete this course will master the vocabulary, notation, concepts, and algebra rules that all data scientists must know before moving on to more advanced material. Topics include: ~Set theory, including Venn diagrams ~Properties of the real number line ~Interval notation and algebra with inequalities ~Uses for summation and Sigma notation ~Math on the Cartesian (x,y) plane, slope and distance formulas ~Graphing and describing functions and their inverses on the x-y plane, ~The concept of instantaneous rate of change and tangent lines to a curve ~Exponents, logarithms, and the natural log function. ~Probability theory, including Bayes’ theorem. While this course is intended as a general introduction to the math skills needed for data science, it can be considered a prerequisite for learners interested in the course, "Mastering Data Analysis in Excel," which is part of the Excel to MySQL Data Science Specialization. Learners who master Data Science Math Skills will be fully prepared for success with the more advanced math concepts introduced in "Mastering Data Analysis in Excel." Good luck and we hope you enjoy the course!...

Top reviews

Jan 11, 2019

Effective way to refresh and add the Data Science math skills! Thanks a lot! At the time of the study some of the quizzes content were not rendering correctly on mobile devices (both iPad and Android)

May 5, 2020

This was mostly review for me though probability especially Beyes Theorem derivation was new. The instructors provided clear often refreshing ways to look at material.\n\nThank you for a great class!!

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By Samantha I S

Jun 28, 2021

Estuvo genial. Siento que aprendí en este curso lo que debía saber en tres años de preparatoria.

By Josimar F D A

Nov 3, 2020

It was an excellent course that allowed me to improve my interest in statistics and probability.

By Rushiraj C

Jun 10, 2020

Awesome! Loved the content as now I have a starting point in a race towards Data Science Skills.

By V i c t o r i a C

Jun 6, 2020

More examples must be given to understand Probability Week 4. Overall it was a very good course.

By Kent J

Aug 8, 2017

This class was great. I really recommend it, especially if you are new to mathematical concepts.

By Tim J

Jun 27, 2017

I found it quite engaging and challenging at times to get my head back around high school maths!

By Allahverdi N

Dec 25, 2020

It's so good. Explanations are easy to understand. And this course is helpful for data science.

By Violin M

Nov 2, 2020

The course was very helpful for my current studies. This lesson was very helpful and insightful

By Muhammad A

Aug 18, 2020

My experience was phenomenal, although the syllabus was a bit difficult but i got the concepts.

By Gagan S

Jun 30, 2020

Awesome course. A little more on probability will really help the students as well this course.

By Soravee N

May 24, 2020

Awesome course to review and refresh your math skills before studying on Data Science. Love it!

By 자손

Aug 26, 2018

This course is absolutely helpful for the beginner.

Really good to remind of my uni math class!

By Rajendra K

Jun 24, 2020

Learning of Basic Math skills is very much essentials for Data Science and it helped me a lot.

By Maria T C

May 23, 2020

The review was comprehensive. The latter part of the course really helped me a lot. Thank you!


Mar 29, 2018

This course was very good. Adding few advance topics like various distributions will help too.

By Steve T

Mar 20, 2017

Great course covering the fundamentals which I had largely forgotten (not used) since college.

By Konstantin B

Nov 5, 2021

The first three Weeks are starting with the basics but the last one is escalating quickly :-)

By Sabyasachi C

Feb 10, 2021

Very very useful course to build the foundation in discrete maths, probability and statistics

By Karthick .

Apr 17, 2020

This course so good .I have learned so many things and it's very useful.coursera is the best.

By Alireza G

Aug 27, 2017

I was looking for such a course that particularity covers the Math required for Data Science.

By Blazej

Apr 2, 2017

Very condensed yet accessible material. Great invitation for further, more deep dive studies!

By Abhinav

Jul 17, 2020

This is very amazing course , I am very lucky that I join in this course.

Thank ! u, Coursera

By Leandro L

May 18, 2020

Very good basic maths course, useful to remember the basic concepts from pre-calculus times.

By Swastik A

Apr 25, 2020


In my engineering classes I have red these topics so it was really fun to exercise more

By 施捷

Dec 31, 2019

Two lecturers cooperated with each other quite well! And I enjoyed those real-life examples.